Lawmaker Condemns Persecution Of Nigerians Abroad

A Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the Federal House of Representatives, Dr Kingsley Ebenyi, has condemned the persecution of Nigerians abroad.

This was contained in a statement issued on Tuesday by Mr Titus Agbo, a legislative aide to Ebenyi and made available to newsmen

The statement quoted Ebenyi as saying that the recent molestation of Nigerians by the Malaysian Police was unacceptable.

The former Nigeria Ambassador to Spain and Holy See described as outrageous and provocative the action by Malaysian Police who clamped down on any Nigerian in sight, including “even legitimate students who had committed no crime’’.

He pointed out that no nation would watch with hands akimbo and allow the continuous dehumanisation of its citizenry.

“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs must liaise effectively with Nigeria missions overseas to be proactive and respond spontaneously to distress calls.

He advocated for a re-orientation of embassy staff for quick response so that Nigerians would have a sense of belonging.

He urged the Foreign Affairs Ministry to intervene on the fate of brutalized Nigerians, especially reported cases of Nigerian students allegedly shot by the Malaysian Police.

Ebenyi insisted on demands for adequate compensation and prosecution of those who carried out the acts against Nigerian citizens.

The former Ambassador also tasked the Ministries of Information, Culture and Tourism as well as Youth Development and Sports, to evolve a cultural package that would showcase Nigeria’s diversity in arts and culture.

Ebenyi said the country’s Nollywood was beginning to receive positive responses overseas and advised that films of high quality, well produced and not smeared with rituals be packaged for projecting the country overseas.

He also said that cinematography, if well utilised with credible and well written journals disseminated to the host nations, would reduce the incidence of categorising every Nigerian as a potential criminal.

Ebenyi sympathised with families of those allegedly killed and urged the students who were dehumanised and detained unjustly to shake off the stigma so that it does not affect their education or their relationship with their hosts.

The lawmaker advised all Nigerians living abroad not to stay in isolation, but endeavour to register with Nigerian missions overseas so that the embassies would be able to reach them in good time, in time of distress.

The Tide

  1. Jude Reply

    Just like that, see what is being done to Nigerians in South Africa.

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